The chain ferry at Vaprio d'Adda
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RL 12400

The chain ferry at Vaprio d'Adda

c.1511-13

Leonardo da Vinci

Probably acquired by Charles II; Royal Collection by 1690

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Leonardo had left Milan after the fall of his patron Ludovico Sforza to French forces, but in 1506 he returned as something of a diplomatic ‘gift’ from the Florentine Republic to the French occupiers of the city. French rule in Milan was relatively stable during the first decade of the century, until the machinations of the War of the League of Cambrai led to a succession of alliances against France. More